Don’t Mock Me!

Taking a short break from the shorebirds, here’s a sweet northern mockingbird who was hanging around the Cape May Hawkwatch in September. To be honest, I see them everyday at home and have taken these lovely birds quite for granted. They are really pretty birds! Northern mockingbirds measure about 9-11″/23-28 cm & are named asContinue reading “Don’t Mock Me!”

Greater vs. Lesser Yellowlegs

Yeehaw look at them legs! Again, thanks to boat movement, not the sharpest shots. But these are great birds! According to Bob, the Captain of the Osprey, these are greater yellowlegs. As a novice, I would not be able to tell the difference between greater or lesser yellowlegs, as they are very similar in sizeContinue reading “Greater vs. Lesser Yellowlegs”

Great vs. Snowy Egret

Confession time… This post was going to be about the Great Egret only. I had some decent photos, so I thought. But wait… something is wrong here. The egret below does not have a yellow bill. It is a SNOWY egret! The egret pictured above is pretty large, somewhere between 20-27″/51-69 cm. This feathered friendContinue reading “Great vs. Snowy Egret”

Mute Swan “Ornamental”?

Ahh the mute swan. What a beautiful bird! This native of Eurosiberia was introduced to this continent in the 1870s as decorative, captive waterfowl. Some of the captives found freedom in the early 1900s and we now enjoy them throughout the continent, mostly around lakes. Mute swans are reported to mate for life. Above isContinue reading “Mute Swan “Ornamental”?”

Butterfly Break

Hello there! Hope you don’t mind my taking a little break–a butterfly break!! This has been a pretty good year for butterflies around here. I was happy to see monarch butterflies in my own yard. The flowers I planted a couple years ago are paying off. Do you have plants in your yard that attractContinue reading “Butterfly Break”

Take a Tern on the Royal Side

To be honest, when I took these photos, I may have thought these were interesting looking gulls rather than the royal terns they are! They look like balding old men to me. The royal tern is about 18-21″/46-53 cm. During breeding, it has a black crest that covers the top of it’s head, but thisContinue reading “Take a Tern on the Royal Side”

Whimbrel

Well, here is another bird I had never heard of before this summer! What a beautiful bill!! This is another photo taken from the boat and I did not know at the time what exactly this bird was. The whimbrel is a shorebird that’s larger than most, at 17″/43 cm. Notice how the bill curvesContinue reading “Whimbrel”

American Oystercatcher

This season has been shorebird heaven for me! While visiting Cape May, NJ, my friends and I took a boat ride to explore what shorebirds might be there. Whoa! Were there shorebirds!! There were many American oystercatchers like the one above. They were walking along during low tide, poking their bills into the sand, foragingContinue reading “American Oystercatcher”

ParulaPalooza!

What a surprise to come across this Northern Parula from the Cape May Hawkwatch Platform! It took awhile for me to shift attention to this bird, as we were there to look for raptors! As nice as the raptor viewing was, this little bird caught my heart. The Northern Parula is a small warbler atContinue reading “ParulaPalooza!”

The Perfect Perch

Before this past summer, I had never heard of a double crested cormorant. When I first saw one at Great Falls, VA, I was fascinated by this black duck-like bird floating around on the Potomac River. As the summer drew on, it became apparent that double crested cormorants are wherever a body of water is.Continue reading “The Perfect Perch”